Project: Front Yard Renovation

When we moved into our new house in January, the entire front yard surrounding the lovely brick patio was covered in rocks …and not nearly enough rocks to hide the black plastic underneath.

Front Yard+Rocks+Before -1

I hated it. When we signed our lease they agreed to let me plant grass. I said we wouldn’t take the place if I couldn’t.

Front Yard+Rocks+Before -2

Sometime in early March, I spent an entire Saturday cutting away the plastic and relocating the rocks. I created a border around the fence & plants and made a pathway around the hose area and along the side of the house.

Front Yard+Rock Removal -1

I thought eventually, I would plant seed or lay some sort of grass. But even in this state, my husband and I agreed that it was better than the rocks.

Front Yard+Rock Removal -2

And then last week, a little truck drove up and three men hopped out selling organic grass seed and soil. We couldn’t refuse the deal …for what took them 45 minutes would have taken me an entire weekend.

Front Yard+Grass Seed

And now, one week later, we have the beginnings of a front lawn.

Grass+Studded Ballet Flats

And it makes me smile every day.

* Studded Ballet Slippers 11/22/2008 …from Bona Drag *


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Ali

    April 18, 2010 |

    Outsourcing is SO worth it!! Its going to be gorgeous!

  • Katie

    April 18, 2010 |

    Enjoy your yard! 🙂

  • sharonlei

    April 18, 2010 |

    Oh yay for grass!! I wish our place had a little yard for our pup to run free in.. one day I hope.. now she just has to stick with running around on cement. Keeps her happy regardless… Happy Sunday Maegan!

    xx Love & Aloha

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    April 18, 2010 |

    Love it! Yardwork can take so long.

  • Karisa Tells All

    April 18, 2010 |

    yay I love grass (and I don’t mean the kind you smoke). It feels so nice between your toes when you walk barefoot in the summer! Definitely prettier than the rocks.

  • Kellie

    April 18, 2010 |

    Awesome! It’s going to look great and feel so good in between your toes! I love a great green yard!

  • La Duquesa va en Suzuki

    April 18, 2010 |

    Deseo ver el cambio en tu jardín!
    Con el estilo que tenéis lo dejarás precioso!

  • K.Line

    April 18, 2010 |

    What a great home improvement! And I believe that getting in the experts gives you valuable time to live your life!

  • Veronika

    April 18, 2010 |

    yay for grass! can’t wait to see it all fill out. Every yard needs a little green 🙂

  • Chaucee

    April 18, 2010 |

    Grass is so much better than rocks, I agree. And it’s even better when you have the men put it in! 😛

  • Angela

    April 18, 2010 |

    beautiful!! I agree, so much better than the rocks 🙂

  • Namine

    April 18, 2010 |

    OMG soo jeaulous of your beautiful grass. That’s the biggest think I miss with having an apartment!

  • Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 |

    i’ve always wondered if you wear flats, and then i saw the studded ballet slippers.. 😀
    enjoy your yard!

  • Ashley

    April 19, 2010 |

    Your yard is going to look beautiful when all the grass grows in! I bet you are so happy seeing all your hardwork paying off!

  • Ashley

    April 19, 2010 |

    I love yard work & how it makes me feel when it’s completed- accomplished! GREAT JOB!

  • jenn

    April 19, 2010 |

    Oooh, nice! definitely a HUGE improvement! Looks great.

  • ☮ midnightintern ☮

    April 19, 2010 |

    Those workmen must have thought they died and went to heaven working for you, miss bombshell.

    Now you must enjoy the fruit of their toils! Muahaha.

  • Chloeeeee

    April 19, 2010 |

    your yard is going to be wonderful!

    I the same type of ballet slippers on another website
    I had no idea people wore ballet slippers in real life outside the studio! (I take ballet classes so I feel ahead of the curve hahah!!)

    Carry on with your amazingness!

  • Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita*

    April 19, 2010 |

    They don’t do that here!!! I want a truck driving around offering organic soil & grass seed! Looks like your off to a great start!

    I don’t think I could ever stand black plastic with rocks atop in my front yard!

    Great slippers!

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    April 19, 2010 |

    Oh it will look soooo much better with grass!

  • Amanda

    April 19, 2010 |

    Happy Front Lawn!!


    April 19, 2010 |

    I cant think of anything better! & it’s organic! 🙂

  • Project Savior

    April 19, 2010 |

    Have fun with your lawn.
    My side lawn had no grass before, I tried planting grass but the last two years we had a drought and nothing would come up.
    This year we’ve had a wet spring and the little green sprouts are loving it. So I know your excitement.

  • Saskia

    April 19, 2010 |

    It would have been a pain of a job to do yourselves!! It will look so lovely all grassed over where the pebbles were before 🙂


  • drollgirl

    April 19, 2010 |

    fucking S.C.O.R.E.! THIS IS RAD! just perfecto!

  • Lorena

    April 19, 2010 |

    They should pay you (the home owners) for doing this to their property !

  • Shiriously

    April 19, 2010 |

    Wow! That’s impressive. Would you mind sharing the company you used and what they charge? I’m in the valley and our yard consists of weeds right about now…



  • Holly

    April 20, 2010 |

    it is going to be amazing, already looks so much better. but girl, you really moved ALL those rocks??? did that take forever or what?!

  • Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 |

    I’m completely in love with your new house, it’s so beautiful and charming! It has become the house of my dreams, I check your blog almost everyday in search of new updates about the way you are decorating it. Love it.
    I even show the images to my boyfriend and tell him “This is the sort of house I want to live in in the future, promise we will look for sth like this” 🙂
    Regards from Spain!

  • Pretty Little World

    April 20, 2010 |

    That’s so awesome!! I definitely wouldn’t want to live someplace if I couldn’t have grass. Rocks do not equal a lawn.

    Also, how wonderful that yard-planting guys just happened to come along. I wonder if I think about purses long enough, if a Saks Fifth Avenue wagon will come around. It would be kind of like an ice cream truck, only you get Louis Vuitton.

  • Chessa!

    April 20, 2010 |

    it looks beautiful! I can’t wait to see it when it’s all grown in.

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